The Top Tech Skills of 2018: Kotlin & Kubernetes Made Their Mark

Tech skills pay the bills. With that in mind, what were the top skills in 2018? What got tech pros hired and paid?

These skills were specifically called out in job postings on Dice. Granted, not every job posting lists all skills that the position requires. For example, an ‘Android Developer’ job might not mention Java or Kotlin knowledge as a requirement, as the hiring manager assumes that any applicant will know those skills; however, the posting may call out “TensorFlow” as a specific skill, since the company is investing heavily in that platform.

In 2018, the skills trend skewed heavily toward containerization of apps and services, as well as the cloud. Over the first three quarters (as the year hasn’t quite ended, we can’t publish Q4 just yet), Kubernetes and Terraform ruled the tech skills landscape. The popularity of these two skills suggests that companies are continuing to invest in designing their own scalable stacks that use cloud services such as AWS or Azure for storage and compute.

At the same time, Blockchain, Ethereum, and the catch-all ‘cryptocurrencies’ designation prove that new tech is also gaining traction. Happily, we see blockchain listed more often than crypto; as we’ve noted before, blockchain is a more viable employment avenue than cryptocurrency.

We should also note that, as raw tech skills go, TensorFlow is leading the charge for machine learning. It also seems to be contributing to the popularity of Keras; though not as popular as TensorFlow, Keras’ popularity rises and falls in alignment with TensorFlow. GraphQL and Automation Anywhere are proving useful for bringing bots and APIs to more users, too.

Then there’s Kotlin. The upstart language is having its moment, with Google’s blessing for Android development leading to a massive uptick in Kotlin jobs. As a tech skill, it’s being called out in job postings more than ever; since Q1 2016, mention of the skill ‘Kotlin’ has seen a 1,000 percent increase.

Heading into 2019, it will be interesting to see how the tech-skills landscape changes. One curiosity will be whether Swift can make an appearance. With the language gaining LSP support in 2019 (it’s already available in beta), it might end up called out more often in job listings – having its ‘Kotlin’ moment, if you like.

One Response to “The Top Tech Skills of 2018: Kotlin & Kubernetes Made Their Mark”

  1. Peter Eriksson

    Haha, compared to tensorflow, kotlin, blockchain, and Etherum? How would this graph look if you compare k8s to openshift, docker-ee, docker swarm, rancher etc. – Compare apples to apples.
    I am a big k8s fan, but this graph is just dumb